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 Boren Scholarships provide American undergraduate students with the resources and encouragement they need to acquire skills and experiences in areas of the world critical to the future security of our nation, in exchange for their commitment to seek work in the federal government.

 Boren Scholarships are awarded with preference for countries (China, Morocco, etc.), languages (Arabic, Mandarin, etc.), and fields of study (political science, international affairs, languages, etc.) critical to U.S. national security. Preference is also given to students who will study abroad for a full academic year rather than one semester, and who are highly motivated by the opportunity to work in the federal government. In exchange for scholarship funding, all Boren Scholars must agree to the NSEP Service Requirement.

In order to be eligible for a Boren Scholarship, you must meet the following requirements:
  • U.S. citizen at the time of application.
  • Matriculated in an accredited undergraduate degree program.
  • Boren Scholarships cannot be used for study in the United States, Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.
Selection Criteria
Successful Boren applicants must demonstrate a strong academic record and a record of community involvement and public service.
In addition, Boren Scholarships are awarded with preferences in the following areas:
  • Plans to study abroad in countries, languages, and fields of study critical to U.S. national security.
  • Plans to study abroad for a full academic year.
  • A strong desire to work in the federal government.
Please note: While Boren Scholarships are only available to undergraduate students, the Boren Fellowship program offers similar support for graduate students. For more information, visit the Boren Fellowship webpage.  

For more detailed information about Boren Scholarships and Fellowships, please visit the Boren Awards for International Study website.


When you should start thinking about the Boren?
During your freshman year at CUA.
When should you begin the application?
Fall of your sophomore year.

2018-2019 Competition Timeline

  • Late summer 2017: The application for the 2018-2019 Boren Scholarship Competition will be available online
  • Friday, January 5, 2018: Boren Scholarship CUA Campus Deadline
  • February 2018: Boren Scholarship National Application Deadline
  • Late April 2018: Winners selected and notified

On Campus Sessions 

Sessions for the 2018-2019 Competition will be posted in Fall 2017.


Online Resources

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships offer regular webinars for potential applicants.
These seminars are streamed live, giving applicants the opportunity to ask questions.
For specific dates and times for upcoming webinars, visit the Boren Webinar page.

For More Information

Contact Karen Carducci, Fellowships Coordinator, at